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Managing Partner: Denis Lysenko
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 47
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Firm Overview:
Aequo is an advanced industry-focused Ukrainian law firm highly recommended for both transactional and dispute resolution projects. Recognised as the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year 2018 in Ukraine at IFLR Europe Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Russia, Ukraine & the CIS at The Lawyer European Awards 2017; and recommended by FT Innovative Lawyers (2015-2018), Chambers, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Capital Markets
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution
Government Relations
Intellectual Property
International Trade
Labour & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Clients
Real Estate & Construction
Tax & Customs


Antitrust & Competition:

1 partner; 1 counsel, 7 associates
■Advising Sumitomo on obtaining Ukrainian merger clearance for establishing brown field JV by Sumitomo and Michelin due to creation of the second largest US and Mexico wholesale player
■Representing ArcelorMittal S.A and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation at the AMCU due to establishment of JV for acquisition of joint control over Essar Steel India Limited
■Representing Ipsos S.A., a global market research and a consulting firm, in acquiring certain parts of GFK research division
Key Clients: Apax Funds, Apollo, ArcelorMittal, Arricano Real Estate, Berlin-Chemie, Danone, Dragon Capital, Ipsos, NCH Capital, Novus Ukraine, Sandoz, Sumitomo.

Banking & Finance:
1 partner; 1 counsel, 7 associates
■Advising the European Commission on granting of EUR610m, EUR1bn and 1.8bn macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
■Advising Naftogaz Ukraine on borrowing USD 300m revolving facility from EBRD and USD 478,285,000 from Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank for gas purchase
■Advising EBRD on a number of financing transactions in Ukraine, including extension of more than USD 60m loans to Astarta
Key Clients: Debt X, EBRD, European Commission, Naftogaz, KfW, Mastercard, Green for Growth Fund, NCH Capital, Piraeus Bank, Porsche Bank AG, Portigon AG, ProCredit Bank.

Capital Markets:
2 partners; 2 counsels, 5 associates
■Advising FESCO on Ukrainian law matters of debut USD 800m senior secured notes issued by Far East Capital Limited S.A., indirectly wholly owned Luxembourg subsidiary of FESCO
■Advising Naftogaz of Ukraine on contemplated USD 500m Eurobond issue and other high-value financing projects
Key Clients: Far-Eastern Shipping Company, PLC (FESCO), Porsche Bank AG, Agroprosperis Bank, Naftogaz

Corporate/M&A:
3 partners; 2 counsels, 14 associates
■Advising Ipsos on acquiring four global divisions of the GfK Customer Research Business
■Advising Dragon Capital, the leading private equity house in Ukraine, on acquiring several shopping malls and business centers, including Horizon business center, Sky Park shopping mall, Eco Tower business center
■Advising Ardagh Group, NYSE listed global leader in packaging solutions, on acquiring a food metal packaging factory
Key Clients: George Soros’s Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Epicenter-K, UniCredit Group, Vodafone Ukraine, Inditex, Ardagh Group, Lone Star Funds, Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), Infosys, Ipsos, Dragon Capital.

Litigation & Arbitration:
2 partners; 4 counsel, 17 associates
■Representing Forbes in AAA arbitration proceedings against UMH in terminating Forbes Ukraine license agreement and in Ukrainian dispute against UMH PH’s use of the Forbes.ua domain name
■Acting as Ukrainian law counsel for Naftogaz of Ukraine in two SCC Arbitrations against Gazprom (Russia) under long term gas supply and transit contracts (claims value around USD125bn)
■Representing a leading UK airline in a lawsuit in the Court of Appeal against the State Aviation Service (CAA) to declare illegal and invalidate resolutions on imposition of fines for violations in the field of civil aviation
Key Clients: DuPont, Forbes, Inditex Group, Itron, KPMG, Novus Ukraine, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Vodafone Ukraine, National Judicial Institute (Canada), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Bunge S.A.

Energy & Natural Resources:
2 partners; 2 counsel, 7 associates
■Acting for a large European gas production company in SCC arbitration aimed at termination of a joint activity agreement with a third party and division of jointly owned assets
■Advising Fortex Energy on the legal framework for gas supply and transmission in Ukraine and a model gas supply contract
■Advising a regional strategic player on investment into a large-scale wind power project in Southern Ukraine
Key Clients: EBRD, Naftogaz, UGV, Fortex Energy, Guris Holding, Itron.

Intellectual Property:
1 partner; 10 associates, 4 patent/trademark attorneys
■Advising Mitsubishi Motors Corporation on re-delegation of a key domain name, web-site rights assignment (including content and IP objects); trademark prosecution and trademark portfolio management
■Assisting LEGO Juris A/S in successful recognition of LEGO TM as well-known in Ukraine. Handling the invalidation court action against the Ukrainian trademark registration confusingly similar to LEGO TM
■Representing Synthon re patent invalidation and patent extension requiring specific knowledge in pharma. Advising on a strategy of entering the Ukrainian market with a number of pharmaceutical products
Key Clients: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, DuPont,Google, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Vodafone Ukraine, Synthon, Bayer, Mareven Food, Philips, Bosca S.p.A., Grupo Bimbo

Real Estate & Construction:
2 partners; 4 associates
■Advising TIS Group on group restructuring, real estate and regulatory matters related to a greenfield grain terminal project development in Port Yuzhny
■Advising Dragon Capital Investments, a member of the largest PE fund in Ukraine, on more than 10 major acquisitions of commercial properties, including acquisition of Eurasia business center, Sky Park shopping mall and Eco Tower business center
Key Clients: ATB Group, Hipp Ukraine, Bunge, EBRD, Guris Holding, Inditex Group, Dragon Capital, Epicentr K.

Tax & Customs:
1 partner; 1 counsel, 5 associates
■Advising Ukrainian subsidiaries of Inditex Group on corporate profit tax, VAT and transfer pricing matters, matters related to payroll taxes
■Advising Baltic International Bank on tax implications of acquiring Ukrainian real estate (office center and land plots) as a result of mortgage enforcement
■Advising RIA.com, a large Internet holding, on tax structuring of group’s international business
Key Clients: Inditex Group, Epicentr K, Kernel Trade, Arricano Real Estate, Optical House Holding, Baltic International Bank, Debt X, VRenetic, Mobichord.

Firm Contacts:
■Denis Lysenko Tel: +38 050 332 6431
Email: [email protected]
■Sergey Denisenko Tel: +38 050 694 7370
Email: [email protected]
■Yulia Kyrpa Tel: +38 050 448 1505
Email: [email protected]
■Anna Babych Tel: +38 050 352 1347
Email: [email protected]
■Oleksandr Mamunya Tel: +38 050 414 0245
Email: [email protected]
■Pavlo Byelousov Tel: +38 050 385 7844
Email: [email protected]

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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